There are some breakfast dishes just worth leaving to the professionals. We’re talking perfectly poached eggs, carefully crafted acai bowls and pancakes worth getting excited over.
So save yourself the hassle: here is where you can have a heap of perfectly cooked pancakes on the Gold Coast placed right in front of you with an impressive medley of toppings and extras.
What’s there not to get in a crush over at the Milkman’s Daughter? Apart from pouring epic coffee and being one of Mermaid Beach’s best hangouts, they are serving up pancakes you just have to see to believe. The Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are bathed in vanilla turmeric custard, passionfruit reduction and topped with pistachios and edible flowers. Possibly the healthiest AND tastiest pancakes ever to exist? Quite possibly!
Where: 2/43 Alfred Street, Mermaid Beach
Pancakes on the Rocks
As the name suggests, Pancakes on the Rocks is — guess what — all about pancakes. Sweet or savoury? They have got you and everyone in your group covered with a hefty list of delicious creations for kids and adults who haven’t grown up. Be prepared to loosen that belt a notch!
Where: The Esplanade, Shop T1.31, Surfers Paradise
The entirely plant-based menu at Blendlove doesn’t have even one crumb of refined sugar or highly processed food at all. Zip. Nada! That also includes their — always available — Summer Pancakes which are gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan topped with date/caramel sauce, strawberries, sweet dukkah and seasonal fruit.
Where: 1/253 Ferry Road, Southport
At Barefoot Barista, they call them hotcakes and they’re gluten-free, and hey — they are a must-try. The Ricotta Hotcakes are served with fresh fruit, toasted seeds & nuts, Canadian maple & organic coconut ice cream. All the hotcakes are baked to order, so you may have wait a couple of extra minutes, but these insta-worthy morsels are worth it!
Where: 5/10 Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach
BSKT Cafe is living proof that pancakes can indeed be healthy and addictively delicious. Why not indulge yourself in the Nana Choc Nut Pancakes with a base of Vegan Choc Chip Pancakes and drenched in Banana & Nut Dukkah, Nut Butter & Chocolate Drizzle. You know you want to…
Where: 4 Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach
This nestled away residential area café is a must-visit. Aside from a vibrant breakfast menu that reads straight from your wildest dreams, their Vanilla Pancakes come topped with lashings of mascarpone, almond crumble and only the most authentic Canadian-made maple syrup — what a way to start the day.
Where: 100 Burleigh Street, Burleigh Waters
Espresso Moto is now double the fun with two locations to enjoy some tasty pancakes. Their pan-cooked seasonal hotcakes are fat and fluffy and covered in berry goodness, smothered in caramel and topped with ice cream! We have to say, some of the very best around in our opinions.
Where: Shop 1/88 Markeri Street, Mermaid Beach and 2/1389 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Stable Coffee & Kitchen
Ok, so we cheated a little here, technically speaking, this hotspot’s take are crêpes. You’d be forgiven for thinking these are just pancakes but with a French accent. And you’re partly right; however, the Banana Banoffee Crêpe are seductively thinner, made with buckwheat and crammed with coconut yoghurt, grilled banana and chocolate pecan crumble. If this already doesn’t sound divine, add that these are Vegan and gluten-free, we think you’ve already started planning your trip to Tugun!
Where: Cornerstone Stores, 570 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun
Words by Alex Mitcheson.